van Dijk starts in Netherlands' victory over Poland

By SFC Media time Wed 01 Jun Club

Virgil van Dijk started for Netherlands again, helping them to a 2-1 friendly win away to Poland.

The Saints defender, who also played the full 90 minutes in last week's 1-1 draw against Republic of Ireland, once again completed the entire match, as Danny Blind's side triumphed in Gdańsk.

While it is ultimately still a disappointing time for the Dutch, who have not made it to EURO 2016, it is an encouraging moment for van Dijk on the international scene, as he continues to establish himself for his country.

The 24-year-old, who was recently voted as Saints' player of the season, has now taken his total number of senior Netherlands caps to six and will hope to increase that total when Blind's men play their final friendly of the summer, away to Austria, this Saturday.

The Dutch led against Poland after 33 minutes, when Vincent Janssen escaped the attention of the home defence to head in Steven Berghuis's cross from close range.

They held that advantage until the hour mark, when Artur Jędrzejczyk headed in an Arek Milik corner to equalise for Poland, who will be in the same group as Steven Davis and Northern Ireland at EURO 2016.

However, the visitors regained the lead for good in the 76th minute, when Georginio Wijnaldum spun in the area and fired a left-footed shot into the top corner.


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